What Every Warrior Nun Bible Verse Episode Title Actually Means

Warning: Spoilers for season 1 of Netflix's Warrior Nun are ahead.

Netflix’s latest original series Warrior Nun is exactly what it sounds like. Do you want to watch a show about a secret organization of nuns who fight against the forces of evil? Great, since that’s really the plot of the show! But, if you find yourself already hesitant about diving into the series since it looks so religious — considering the nuns, the priests, the presence of holy relics, angels, and demons, the Pope —  don’t worry too much about that. Yes, there’s a lot of religious references, but not so many that non-religious viewers find it impossible to follow. 

However, we are going to get a little biblical right now. The title of each Warrior Nun episode is a passage from the Bible that’s references the general theme of the episode. But still, don’t let that scare you as the show never forces these passages, or Catholicism, on the viewer. Honestly, viewers might not even realize there’s an accompanying verse unless you’re glancing at the episode titles on Netflix. 

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In case you haven’t taken any deep dives into the King James Version lately, but you’re curious about how exactly each verse ties into the episode, we've got you covered.

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Episode 1 — Psalm 46:5


God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.

What it means, in general: Since she has god within her she is able to do anything. 

What it means in
Warrior Nun: The first episode of Warrior Nun introduces us to our heroine: Ava (Alba Baptista). The thing about her is that she’s dead. That is until a mysterious (and religious) “halo” is placed in her back and suddenly she’s alive again. Also, prior to her death, she was paralyzed after an accident as a child. Now, she can walk freely again and makes the most out of this newfound situation — including some weird new abilities to phase through walls and objects. Ava doesn’t realize what’s going on, nor does she even know she’s got the halo in her back. 

Psalm 46:5 is a big hint at what’s to come, but come on, do you expect Ava not to eventually realize that she’s going to end up saving the day in the end? She just doesn’t know that god (or whatever power the halo has) is with her just yet.
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Episode 2 — Proverbs 31:25


She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come

What it means, in general: Look at all these things a woman can do! 

What it means in Warrior Nun: Ava still is blissfully unaware she’s got some sort of holy spirit running through her. So for her, everything she does is absolutely monumental since she’s never done a lot of these things before (spoiler — but it slowly comes out anyway — she’s been at the convent for over a decade being tended to by nuns, and spent most of the time lying down, in bed, usually watching TV and reading stories online). She really is living every day to the fullest now. Right now, with this newfound life, what can’t Ava do? 
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Episode 3 — Ephesians 6:11


Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

What it means, in general: Sure, you might have actual armor, but if you also put on your spiritual armor you’ll be so much stronger. In short, the Holy Spirit might be the only weapon you need.

What it means in Warrior Nun: Ava finally meets the sisters (the Order of the Cruciform Sword) in this episode, and needless to say, she doesn’t fully grasp what they’re trying to tell her, let alone teach her. Father Vincent (Tristan Ulloa) begins guiding her in the right direction, and teachers her all about the OG warrior nun, Areala. Ava, quite bluntly, asks what this even has to do with her and her journey, and it's clear she's far from accepting any sort of religious help.

Elsewhere in the church, Mother Superion (Sylvia De Fanti) accuses Ava of killing herself which completely sends her over the edge. At this point in time, Ava doesn’t have any physical armor, and her walls are completely up, emotionally speaking. It’s not like she’s susceptible to any “devil schemes” but she’s certainty not coping with the cards she’s being dealt right now.
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Episode 4 — Ecclesiasticus 26:9-10


The whoredom of a woman may be known in her haughty looks and eyelids.

What it means, in general: Understandable, the word “whoredom” is probably throwing you off. Essentially, this verse is saying only a woman knows what she has and hasn’t done. 

What it means in Warrior Nun: This episode isn’t so much about Ava saving herself, but about Ava saving some else. The notion that she killed herself is still weighing heavy on her because she knows she didn’t — she fell asleep watching TV one night and died (at least, that’s what she remembers). Piecing together everything, she realizes that the nun who was tasked to look after to her actually gave her a high drug dosage, killing her in her sleep. She then realizes that this nun, Francis, is going to kill her only friend, a young boy named Diego. Rushing back to the church, Ava is able to stop Francis (by killing her) and saves Diego. However, that’s doesn’t stop Ava from freaking out after she realizes she’s murdered someone with her own hands.
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Episode 5 — Matthew 7:13


Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

What it means, in general: Basically, stick to the straight and narrow path. 

What it means in Warrior Nun: Ava, fully aware she has the halo in her back and that she’s supposed to align herself with the Order of the Cruciform Sword, decides to run away. When JC (Emilio Sakraya) mentions that he and his friends are skipping town, she decides to go with them. Leaving her old life behind she abandons everything she once knew. Mary (Toya Turner) and Lilith (Lorena Andrea) eventually track her down and confront her, leading to Lilith’s death (when the demon shows up and stabs her). 

The episode title could also apply to Lilith here, who greatly rejected the new path she has been put on after Ava received the halo, not her. Everyone in this episode learns a hard lesson about what happens when you stray too far from what path you're supposed to be on.
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Episode 6 — Isaiah 30:20-21


Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

What it means, in general: No matter what way you go, god will be with you and you’ll know he is there. 

What it means in Warrior Nun: Ava and Mary find themselves on an adventure in a small city that recently had an “eruption” which brought out some demons. Mary is having more of a crisis of consciousness than Ava, having just learned that the Pope is dying. Plus, Ava still isn’t excited to join the Order of the Cruciform Sword. Mary eventually tells her that she’s not going to force Ava to return with her, explaining that she’s got to make this decision for herself. In doing this, Mary and Ava eventually grow closer together. 

By the end of the episode, Ava is now questioning her own path, especially after she’s asked if she’s part of the Order. 
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Episode 7 — Ephesians 4:22-23


You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds.

What it means, in general: People can change, and once you accept god you aren’t the same person as you were before during your "deceptive" life. 

What it means in Warrior Nun: Ava has finally made a decision — and it’s to turn herself over to Jillian Salvius (Thekla Reuten) and her ArqTech company for testing. Ava wants the halo removed from her back, and little does she know that Salvius is actually looking to harness the halo power herself to save her son. Ava believes she’s aligning herself with the good guys, but quickly learns that’s not the case.

Returning back to the Order, she’s welcomed back without any hesitation as the sisters work to protect her from a new group of nuns from the Vatican. We've finally hit a turning point for Ava, where she's accepted where she came from, what happened to her, and what she's got to do now going forward.
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Episode 8 — Proverbs 14:1


The wise woman builds her house,
    but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down


What it means, in general: Women are good at building houses! JK, it means that pure women who are dutiful to their husbands and family are the righteous ones, while those women who stray will destroy their lives. Uh... what?

What it means in Warrior Nun: This might be the only Bible verse that doesn’t exactly line up with the episode — as in, none of these women are necessarily straying from their partners in any sense of the word.

But, taking the biblical reference out of it, everyone faces their own sort of internal crisis in this episode including the NOT DEAD Lilith. Everyone’s forced to look inside themselves to figure out where their inner strengths lie, especially Ava, who takes it upon herself to declare that she will be the last warrior nun. At this point, she could easily destroy her life, again, and run away. She's choosing not to.
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Episode 9 — 2 Corinthians 10:4


The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 

What it means, in general: We’re not talking actual weapons here, but rather a spiritual battle that’s fought within oneself. 

What it means in Warrior Nun: By this point, Ava has accepted that she’s part of the Order, but still isn’t too keen on being “the chosen one.” However, she manages to put that aside and realizes that she’s got to with the other sisters to abolish the demons in this world, once and for all.

The group travels to the Vatican (oh yeah, there’s now a subplot about an evil Pope — casual) and though they might not have the most powerful weapons, as Sister Beatrice (Kristina Tonteri-Young) reminds Ava, “Trust your team.” That’s the most powerful force these women have right now.
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Episode 10 — Revelation 2:10


Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

What it means, in general: Things might get worse before they get better, but whatever doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. 

What it means in Warrior Nun: And yes, by the time we reach the season finale, things are pretty bad. Ava has come face to face with Adriel (William Miller) and learned that he is not, in fact, the literal angel everyone once thought. In his hidden crypt, he says things to her like “without fear, there is no power,” and explains he needs the halo in her back — and giving it to him means that no other warrior nuns will die, except for Ava. Ava now also makes declarations about her fate, too, telling him that “I wasn’t sent here. I made this happen.” For a short second, Ava does accept her new fate to die by giving up her halo to Adriel, but when she sees what terror he's already caused, she changes her mind.

Then, just when you think Ava and the warrior nuns might have the upper hand, surprise, Father Vincent has actually been one of the bad guys all along! 

Considering how the series ends (with the nuns going up against the demons, and Mary presumably consumed by them), if Warrior Nun comes back for season 2 things are still going to get way, way worse before they get better.
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